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Carling Residence

Nestling in to the wild yet protective elements of nature on the forested shores of Georgian Bay is an idyllic modern home. TACT Architecture designed this habitat for a young couple eager to escape city life. Continue reading

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The Tower of Uitwierde

It’s a delight to find original design that provokes thought and creates an experience, just like in this unusual project by Onix. In the church Tower of Uitwierde in the Netherlands, the composition invokes a level of active participation. The basement, the tower, and the viewing platform at the peak, are all featured aspects of the historic structure. Continue reading

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Mix and Match

Say goodbye to boring floors and hello to Ceragres Mix and Match personality filled tile. This extruded Italian porcelain with an artisanal feel will enliven any floor. Frankly, I would cover an entire room with it. And herringbone adds interest and pattern to any space. Continue reading

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Abbott St. Renovation

In a historic district of Vancouver, two apartments were spliced together to create a home to accommodate a growing family. By purchasing the adjacent apartment, the couple expanded their living area and also purchased restrictions in regard to plumbing, mechanical, and window locations. Once again, challenges create amazing opportunities, just like in this beautiful project by Splyce Design. Continue reading

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Herengracht Suites Amsterdam: A Home Away From Home

I had the pleasure of visiting Amsterdam several years ago. Not only is it a charming city, it is also a bustling metropolis and a great place to visit. This elegant hotel is located on the Herengracht canal, which is considered to be the most important canal in the city. In the 17th century, the upper classes and richest merchants built their homes on this canal. Continue reading

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Bondi Beach Apartment

The famous Bondi Beach is an icon of Sydney, Australia, and this beach front Art Deco penthouse has a heritage pedigree of its own. The clients requested MCK Architects an update to make the walk-up flat a weekend getaway for relaxation. A key component was to maximize the opportunities on the north facing roof top terrace. Continue reading

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Elwood Residence

In the Elwood suburb of Melbourne, an Edwardian cottage is a two-faced modern home. After a modern extension and renovation, by Robson Rak Architects and Made by Cohen, the quaint front facade belies every element inside. The two-level addition, half the width of the original house, is clad in vertical metal siding. And the transformation doesn’t stop there. Continue reading

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Roof Terrace Design In Montreal

Behind an unassuming exterior door lies a breathtaking rooftop terrace designed by Martine Brisson. Ms. Brisson was the recipient of the 2012 Grand Prix Du Design 2012 in the “terrace” category. A successful space, says Brisson, “is one that evolves, one that the people who live in it can appropriate and change to make their life easier.” Her successful design implementation of this space is truly an achievement in bringing this philosophy to life. Each zone or space quietly intersects with one another, creating a flow that is unmistakably well thought out. Continue reading

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Pascale Girardin: The art of making an entrance

From her Montreal office and studio, award winning Pascale Girardin has designed these breathtaking suspended sculptures for the Four Seasons Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai and the Printemps Haussmann Hotel in Paris, France. Pascale’s background comes from designing high architectural ceramic pieces for the luxury hospitality industry around the world. She has recently expanded her operation into creating these large-scale suspended flower sculptures. Continue reading

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Stair House

The space expanding trick of using continuous materials is taken to new levels in this home. Designed by Nederland-based Onix, the entire structure, outside and in, is wrapped in wood. Inside the building material palette is pure plywood with a concrete kitchen counter. And new heights are achieved by a total of 10 levels that spiral up and around the house. Of course the top floor includes a roof terrace! Continue reading